To work in IT consulting is to travel. Depending on both perspective and the structure of one's life, this can exist anywhere on the spectrum from deal-breaker to unbelievable benefit. Fortuitously enough, I'm loving the travel.
It's for this reason a plan came to me during the middle of a November night. I sprang up from my comfortable hotel bed and grabbed the nearest lightbulb — it illuminated immediately, letting me know the significance of said idea.
The idea was a simple one: embrace the layover. It met all of my criteria:
- Monday-Thursday in Los Angeles
- Friday in Chicago, the Miami of Canada
- Weekends in alternate locations
In early December the idea was implemented:
|Thursday, 11:15pm PDT||Depart LAX|
|Friday, 6:00am CDT||Arrive ORD|
|Friday, 12:00am CDT||Arrive at Office|
|Friday, 8:00pm CDT||Depart ORD|
|Friday, evening||Arrive somewhere|
|Sunday, 8:00pm CDT||Depart somewhere|
|Sunday, evening||Arrive LAX|
Needless to say, a very busy Friday was in the works...but where would it end?
Note I still haven't migrated to the compact fluorescent idea bulb, because it takes too long to illuminate.
Fun Fact The blue used in the table above is Lake Michigan Blue.